On behalf of the parents of seventh-graders at St. Mark School, I want to thank science teacher Sandy Ward for securing a grant enabling our students to experience an incredible day of learning on the Chesapeake Bay.

Our students participated in an on-the-water exercise in order to apply their in-class learning in a real world context.

The St. Mark staff, along with guides at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, provided a full day of invaluable activities for our children.

Students boated into the bay to collect oysters, fish and other specimens in an effort to understand this precious resource's current state of affairs.


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From there, we canoed along a tributary in an effort to observe Chesapeake Bay habitats and wildlife.

Finally, students collected specimens from Black Walnut Creek and examined the conditions of creek water and the water life therein.

The children were engaged, cooperative and respectful.

According to an informational sheet sent home from the center, the Chesapeake Foundation believes, "To care for the environment, you must love it. To love it, you must know it. To know it, you must experience it."

Thank you again, Mrs. Ward, and St. Mark School for allowing our students to participate in this invaluable educational experience!

Denise Campbell

Catonsville